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Garlic Sauce

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A garlicky sauce is a great way to add extra flavor to stir-fry dishes, particularly seafood dishes. The seasonings for garlic sauce are available in the international food section of many local supermarkets. Yields about 1/2 cup.


  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce, or according to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
  • 3 - 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped (4 teaspoons - 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic)


Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauces, rice wine or sherry, chili sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl, stirring to combine. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until aromatic (about 30 seconds).

Quickly restir the sauce, add it into the saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. (This will take about a minute).

Re-stir the cornstarch/water mixture and add it to the sauce, stirring to thicken.

Use the sauce in stir-fry dishes.

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 5 out of 5
Never get take-out again!, Member D.Andy

This sauce will spoil you for anything but the best Chinese garlic sauce. I followed the advice of the other poster and used 1/2 the rice vinegar, and I also jazzed it a little more by using brown sugar instead of white, adding a pinch of crushed fresh ginger and a dash of red pepper flakes. I can't wait to try it on shrimp, OMG...

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